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Obama tells world ‘I didn’t set a red line’; this is on you

Obama and Reinfeldt Photo Credit: Kristian Pohl/Regeringskansliet
Obama and Reinfeldt
Photo Credit: Kristian Pohl/Regeringskansliet

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During a Wednesday joint press conference with the Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, President Obama showed a clear example of the arrogance of his selective memory.

Obama is in Sweden on his way to Russia for the upcoming G-20 economic summit in St. Petersburg, and White House Correspondent for CBS News, Mark Knoller, was live tweeting Obama’s remarks.

Apparently choosing to forget that in August 2012 he absolutely said the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime would have significant consequences – “a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized [in Syria]” – Obama said the international community was the one who drew that “red line.”

A later tweet from Knoller included more from the president’s comment:

Pres Obama, red line and Syria:

Pres Obama today: “I didn’t set a red line. The world set a red line. The world set a red line when governments representing 98 percent of world population said the use of chemical weapons are abhorrent.”

Pres Obama on August 20, 3012: “…a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. That would change my calculus. That would change my equation.

According to the Washington Post last year, Obama said during a news conference that if Syria used chemical weapons, the U.S. would not stand by and allow that to go unpunished:

We have been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. That would change my calculus. That would change my equation. . . . We’re monitoring that situation very carefully. We have put together a range of contingency plans.

Additional tweets sent out by Knoller during the press conference included:

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